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Festivals and Events in Daman

Some of the most important festivals and events in Daman are the ones that the local communities celebrate with great fanfare and gusto including the religious festivals of Nariyal Poornima, Dussehra, and Christmas. All festivities are marked by vigorous displays of music and dance and are always accompanied by feasting and merrymaking.

Nariyal Poornima is celebrated to mark the beginning of the fishing season. The fishing communities flock to the sea-shore to offer coconut to the gods of wind and water in an effort to win their favour and ensure the safe return of the fishing fleet as well as a rich catch. Nariyal Poornima is a day of joy, feasting, and revelry that attracts hordes of tourists.

One of the major Daman festivals is Christmas. Christmas finds Daman and Diu literally exploding with gaiety accompanied by music and dance. The administration of Daman promotes the Christmas season as a major tourist attraction and Indian and foreign travellers come to participate in a Christmas that combines Indian and Portuguese flavours.

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